Friday, March 27, 2015

Joanne Rocklin's I SAY SHEHECHIYAU reviewed in School Library Journal


According to the March 2015 School Library Journal review of I SAY SHEHECHIYANU (Kar-Ben), by Joanne Rocklin, this is a "unique story" that "covers a topic unavailable elsewhere." Here is the review in its entirety:


Joanne enjoys speaking to children and adults. For information on her presentations and how to book her, just visit the Balkin Buddies website.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wendell Minor's DAYLIGHT STARLIGHT WILDLIFE reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Wendell Minor offers another beautiful presentation of the natural world with DAYLIGHT STARLIGHT WILDLIFE (Penguin). Here is the Publishers Weekly review of this lovely book:


Wendell enjoys speaking to students about his work. For details about his school visits and how to contact us to book him, visit Balkin Buddies.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Marilyn Singer's TALLULAH'S TAP SHOES reviewed in School Library Journal


Tallulah's back, and now she's learning how to tap dance. Find out more in the March 2015 School Library Journal review of TALLULAH'S TAP SHOES (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger:


Marilyn, who enjoys dancing herself, also enjoys Skyping with students.  For details, see the Balkin Buddies website

Monday, March 23, 2015

Marc Aronson, Ashley Bryan, Emily Arnold McCully, Wendell Minor and Joanne Rocklin all have books on the Bank Street College of Education's 2015 edition of The Best Children's Books of the Year

We are pleased to report that five Balkin Buddies -- Marc Aronson, Ashley Bryan, Emily Arnold McCully, Wendell Minor and Joanne Rocklin -- have one or more books on Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year 2015. In compiling this list, a print copy of which is available from Bank Street, the reviewers take a number of things into consideration, among them literary quality and excellence of presentation, and they strive to guide librarians, educators, parents and other interested adults to the best children's books each year. Here are 10 such titles written and/or illustrated by the above-mentioned Balkin Buddies authors and illustrators:

For ages under 5:

LITTLE DUCKS GO (Holiday House), written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully in the Animals (Fiction) category

For ages 5 to 9:

*ASHLEY BRYAN'S PUPPETS, by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum) in the Folk and Fairy Tales category


STRONGHEART: THE WORLD'S FIRST MOVIE STAR DOG (Macmillan), written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully in the Historical Fiction category


SEQUOIA (Macmillan) by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Wendell Minor in the Poetry catetory


*GALÁPAGOS GEORGE (HarperCollins) by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell Minor in the Science category


For ages 9 to 12:

*ASHLEY BRYAN'S PUPPETS, by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum) in the Folk and Fairy Tales category


*DARE THE WIND: THE RECORD-BREAKING VOYAGE OF ELEANOR PRENTILL AND THE FLYING CLOUD (Macmillan), by Tracey Fern and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully in the Historical Fiction category


EDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD (Macmillan), by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor in both the Arts category and the Biography and Memoir category


*FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY (Abrams), by Joanne Rocklin in the Fantasy category


For ages 12 to 14:

*IDA M. TARBELL: THE WOMAN WHO CHALLENGED BIG BUSINESS -- AND WON! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Emily Arnold McCully in the Biography and Memoir category



For ages 14 and older:

ONE DEATH, NINE STORIES (Candlewick), edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. in the Anthologies category


*indicates outstanding merit

Congratulations, Emily, Ashley, Wendell, Joanne and Marc!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wendell Minor's TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE receives a starred review in School Library Journal


"The inviting language, gorgeous images, and uplifting tone make..." TRAPPED! AWHALE'S RESCUE (Charlesbridge), by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor, a starred review in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue:



A consummate artist, Wendell Minor never gets tired of sharing his work and talking to kids. If you'd like him to come to your school and speak to your own students, be sure to contact us. Details about his school visits and how to book them can be found on Balkin Buddies.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

George Shannon's ONE FAMILY receives a starred review in School Library Journal


We were pleased to see another starred review for ONE FAMILY (FSG/Macmillan) by George Shannon and illustrated by Blanca Gomez, this time in the March 2015 issue of School Library Journal:



Would you like to have your students count along with George during a Skype chat with him? Just visit the Balkin Buddies website for details about his chats.